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Hurricane Matthew: At least 100 people killed in Haiti devastation

<b>Hurricane Matthew has left at least 108 people dead in Haiti, the country's interior minister says.</b><p>Some 50 people were reported to have died in the southern town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.<p>New images from remote and cut off areas in the south-west of the country show scenes of devastation.<p>The …

Rainfall

Smithsonian

Mouse over feature button for legend, click to show / hide:<br>Click events on the map for more information.<p>Earthquakes<p>Volcanoes<p>Sulfur dioxide<p>View as …

Natural Disasters

Volcano insight: Fifty years of eruptions revealed

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Air Traffic

Second lowest minimum for Arctic ice

<b>Arctic ice cover in 2016 reached the second lowest minimum on record, tied with 2007.</b><p>The sea-ice extent on 10 September stood at 4.14 million sq km, some way short of the 3.39 million sq km record low in 2012.<p>Arctic sea-ice cover grows each autumn and winter, and shrinks each spring and summer.<p>It …

Italy earthquake: Death toll rises to at least 159

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Natural Disasters

14 Tips That Will Make You A Google Maps Expert

You probably already use Google Maps to find the nearest Starbucks and directions to the train. But there are plenty of extras within the app that …

Australia plans new co-ordinates to fix sat-nav gap

<b>Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).</b><p>Local co-ordinates, used to produce maps and measurements, and global ones differ by more than 1m.<p>The body responsible for the change said it would …

Geography

Apartheid's Urban Legacy, in Striking Aerial Photographs

An American used drones to capture the color lines still stark in South African cities.<p>Johnny Miller was just starting out as a photographer in Seattle in 2011 when he won a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship that took him to Cape Town, South Africa—a country that, like his own, has a long history of …

South Africa

La Niña is officially coming – so how will it affect weather patterns?

We're officially on a La Niña watch.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday that it has initiated its La Niña watch …

Ecuador earthquake death toll passes 400 with many still trapped

More than 300 aftershocks recorded and Spanish Red Cross says as many as 100,000 people may need assistance<p>The death toll from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador has risen to 413, and many survivors are believed to still be trapped inside collapsed buildings.<p>The government announced the …

Natural Disasters

What's in a Flag's Design?

A new infographic by a pair of Danish designers has everything you never knew you wanted to know about the world’s flags.<p>At their simplest level, national flags are banners that express pride and loyalty. But if you take a closer look, a flag is a fascinating representation of a nation’s …

Communist Party

We’re running out of water, and the world’s powers are very worried

Secret conversations between American diplomats show how a growing water crisis in the Middle East destabilized the region, helping spark civil wars …

Middle East

Ecuador earthquake: Deaths rise to 272

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Oil exporter talks hit difficulties in Doha

<b>A meeting of leading oil exporting countries in Qatar, called to address the low level of prices, has run into difficulties.</b><p>Reports from Qatar's capital Doha, say the problem is tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.<p>The agenda for the meeting is whether to freeze production levels.<p>Iran has …

Oil

Japan earthquake: Rescuers in 'race against time' as storm hits

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Natural Disasters

Japan earthquake: People sleep in cars for safety

Kumamoto resident Gary Irwin says many people, including himself, have been too scared to return home after Saturday's earthquake.<p>The magnitude-7.3 quake hit the region a day after an earlier deadly tremor.

Kumamoto Prefecture

Japan earthquake: Aerial footage shows devastation

Aerial footage shows the devastation following a powerful earthquake in Japan.<p>The magnitude-7.3 quake hit on Saturday (15:25 GMT Friday) at 01:25.<p>Dozens of people are feared trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

Kumamoto Prefecture

Japan earthquake: Thousands remain without vital services

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Natural Disasters

London's gentrification can be predicted by tweets

The gentrification of London boroughs can be predicted from tweets and Foursquare check-ins, researchers at Cambridge University have found.<p>By …

Social Media

What’s Next for Europe’s Refugee Rules?

The European Commission has proposed either modifying an existing rule on distributing asylum-seekers or scrapping it altogether.<p>Asylum-seekers to the European Union have for years sought refuge in the country in which they first arrive, under the so-called “Dublin rules” that govern refugee policy …

Storm Katie: Flights cancelled and property damaged

<b>Storm Katie has battered large parts of England, leaving flights cancelled, property damaged and thousands of people without power.</b><p>Flights bound for Gatwick and Heathrow were diverted to other airports and dozens were cancelled as gusts of up to 106mph hit the south of the country.<p>More than 200,000 …

Weather

Ben Nevis gains a metre thanks to GPS height measurement

<b>Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain, is a little bit bigger than we thought.</b><p>The Ordnance Survey (OS), has re-measured the Scottish peak and its official height is now put at 1,345m - a metre taller than before.<p>The actual difference from the last official measurement in 1949 is much less - but …

Geography

Tree planting 'can reduce flooding'

<b>Planting trees around rivers could reduce the height of flooding in towns by up to 20%, new research suggests.</b><p>A study for the Environment Agency concludes that trees round a feeder stream can slow the rush of rainwater and save properties from flooding.<p>But it warns that natural flood prevention …

Floods

The 5 Least-Visited Countries in the World

Here's a guide for globe trotters who prefer the road (far) less traveled.<p>The appeal of some travel destinations is that <i>everyone</i> wants to visit them. For the rest of us, nothing beats a country that's <i>not</i> overrun with tourists, where experiences feel authentic, and the majority of the people you …

Sweden's capital is on its way to becoming fossil fuel free by 2040

At the recent Paris climate summit, world leaders set an ambitious global target: no net carbon emissions by mid-century. That means all of the carbon we burn from fossil fuels must be absorbed by the world’s forests and oceans. Achieving that — well, easier said than done.<p>Yet, in the city of …

10 ways the UK's eating habits have changed

<b>Figures charting the UK's changing food-buying patterns since 1974 have been released. What do they tell us about the nation?</b><p>In with chips, fresh fruit and dried pasta. Out with white bread, tinned peas and meat paste. That's the story of the modern British dinner table.<p>Data from 150,000 households …

Food

El Niño passes its peak while La Niña is possible this year

<b>The El Niño weather phenomenon has reached its peak according to scientists and is set to decline over the next few months.</b><p>Researchers say there is a 50:50 chance that it will be replaced by a La Niña event before the end of this summer.<p>La Niña which involves a cooling of the Pacific Ocean, usually …

Global Warming

It's HOW much to raise a child?

The average cost of raising a child from birth to the age of 21 in modern Britain now equates roughly to the cost of a semi-detached house.<p>Video journalist: Dougal Shaw

Average Cost

What are hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones?

New Zealand cliffs collapse in Christchurch earthquake

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